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Crowd-Pleasing Party Meatballs

We served this scrumptious dish at our wedding. It went over so well that it’s been served at other weddings and family functions, and the requests keep coming! —Stefany Blevins, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place in 3 greased 13x9-in. baking dishes.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 325° until meat is no longer pink, about 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
1 meatball: 61 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • shereeder
    Jan 23, 2018

    Finally a recipe that actually uses REAL HOMEMADE meatballs, and not the frozen bagged ones from the store. I haven't tried these yet, but the 5-star rating goes for making meatballs.

  • TracyV
    Jun 11, 2014

    I've made these several times. The last time I made over 300 of them for my wedding reception. There wasn't a single one left! The only thing I have done differently is added a bit of BBQ sauce to the meat mixture. I cooked then froze them and they traveled 400 miles in a cooler to be put in a roaster with the BBQ sauce. FANTASTIC RECIPE!

  • kjones76
    Oct 21, 2012

    This is a keeper, I made a large batch for a baby shower anticipating leftover but they were all completely wiped out.

  • BBMinx
    Feb 27, 2011

    so yummy! I make 1.5 times the sauce so there's enough sauce to eat them over rice.

  • DonnaBunch
    Nov 28, 2010

    I made These meatballs for my sons 3rd birthday, 14 years ago; they where a hit. Everyone love them. I still make them for all the parties i go to

  • krystaljoy
    Jan 28, 2010

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  • grensrud
    Jan 25, 2010

    This recipe is my "go to" meatball recipe. The sauce is also very good; however I usually use the Ocean Spray recipe and use 1 can of jellied cranberries and a bottle of chili sauce. Absolutely delish!

  • futuregreatcook
    Dec 29, 2009

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  • linda_s
    Feb 19, 2009

    This recipe is absolutely the best!!! I make when we have parties at our house, and it never fails that somebody wants the recipe. My husband loves them and requests them often.

  • mindyprice
    Jun 30, 2008

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